JASPER, Ark. (AP) – A Briar Cliff University student has died after falling off a cliff in northwestern Arkansas.
Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler says 20-year- old Andrea Norton from South Dakota was fatally injured on Saturday when she accidentally fell from a rock formation near Jasper, about 101 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Wheeler says Norton was with a group of college students from Sioux City, Iowa, and was reportedly re-positioning herself for a photo when she fell about 100 feet off the Hawksbill Crag, a popular hiking destination within the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest.
Wheeler says the crag is widely considered one of Arkansas’ most-photographed hiking areas, and several people have died in falls there in recent years. Also known as Whitaker Point, the rocky outcrop gets its name because it resembles a hawk’s bill.
The BCU Volleyball facebook page released a statement on Saturday night:
“The Charger volleyball family is at a loss for words after hearing of the loss of Andrea Norton. Andrea was an extremely incredible human being, student, athlete, and friend in the BCU community who will be missed by many. This is an extreme tragedy, and as her former Coach- frankly there are no words to express my extreme sadness. As a program, and as her coach- condolences to her family and friends during this time.”